A cut above the rest – Montréal’s best steakhouses

Jason Lee

There are a few key things that put big metropolitan cities like Montréal on the international stage. Things like arts, entertainment, culture, nightlife and, most importantly, food and gastronomy. Every major urban centre is bound to have a steakhouse whose history is as storied as the city itself. From high-end to casual, here’s a list of some of Montréal’s best steakhouses.

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La Queue de Cheval

You can’t talk about steakhouses in Montréal without mentioning downtown’s La Queue de Cheval. It is one of, if not the, most prestigious fine dining spots in the city. Known locally as “The Q,” this establishment is on par with any of New York’s swankiest steakhouses. Featuring signature cuts of aged USDA prime steaks dried in-house, La Queue de Cheval also serves Australian Wagyu beef, which is deliciously marbled and fatty. Nothing this amazing comes cheap, but in the end you get your money’s worth and more. The experience you’ll enjoy in The Q’s dining room, whiskey bar or cigar lounge is worth every penny and a cut above the rest. – 1181, De la Montagne Street

Rib'N Reef

Located uptown, Rib ‘N Reef Steakhouse & Cigar Lounge offers a unique dining experience for meat and seafood lovers. In addition to elegant décor and impeccable table service, Rib ‘N Reef offers classic steakhouse dishes like beef tartare, Caesar salad and sirloin “flambée au poivre”—all prepared tableside! Choose to dine in various spaces, including the private VIP room in the wine cellar or the rooftop patio. – 8105 Decarie Boulevard 

Restaurant Park

Although not a steakhouse, Park Restaurant definitely deserves a mention. Chef Antonio Park’s restaurant is currently the only restaurant in Canada to import genuine A5 certified Japanese Kobe Beef—the most coveted and expensive beef in the world! At a little under $50 an ounce, the four and eight ounce cuts of majestically marbled beef will set you back $198 or $395 respectively. Alternatively, aged 1855 Black Angus cuts are available at a more modest price.  378 Victoria Avenue 

CLASSIC CUTS

A Montréal institution known for their quality fare is Moishe’s Steakhouse. Located on Saint-Laurent Street, this local hotspot recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. It was also voted by Forbes magazine as one of the top 10 steakhouses in the world because if the old-world charm and rich heritage that flavour their dishes and service. Moishe’s Steakhouse offers classic cuts of meat charcoal-broiled to perfection, in addition to a late-night menu (after 9 p.m.) which sees these mains paired with an appetizer and coffee or tea for a preferred price of $25. – 3961 Saint-Laurent Boulevard

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L'Atelier d'Argentine

L’Atelier d’Argentine is a unique, next-generation steakhouse. Their authentic, contemporary Argentinean cuisine transports guests to the virtual heart of Buenos Aires. Lead by acclaimed executive chef Natalia Machado, their two locations offer a unique dining experience where the ingredient-driven menu will tantalize your palate with new twist on Argentina’s asado. The team recently broke news that after a 15-year importation ban, L’Atelier d’Argentine would be the first restaurant in Canada to serve beef from Argentina. – 355 Marguerite d'Youville Street

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Gibbys

Gibby’s is a classic steakhouse located in the heart of the Old Port. Housed in a magnificent 200 year-old building, your dining experience at Gibby’s will be one to remember. Historic stone walls, exposed-beam ceilings, cozy fire places and elegant décor provide the perfect backdrop to a romantic meal. Enjoy the finest seafood, expertly aged meats and extensive wine list. – 298 Place d'Youville 

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Casual Cuts

Here are some other Montréal steakhouses to try:

Méchant Bœuf, 124 Saint-Paul Street West, 514-788-4020

Vieux-Port Steakhouse, 39 Saint-Paul Street East, 514-866-3175

The Keg, various locations

Jason Lee

Jason Lee, blogger

Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.

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